Saturday, 21 January 2017

10 Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2017

I think as life is getting busier, I'm starting to feel more organised or at least starting to work out the things I want to do and set mini-plans in my head. I think it's probably come after a year of feeling a bit like I'm in a spin as I adjusted to life as a Mum of two. It's like as I'm getting more and more used to it, I'm becoming more aware of how important it is to set plans or goals and work on them far in advance if I ever really want to achieve them.

And it's not all fancy plans and goals - some are little things like being more organised for the boy's birthdays or making sure we have nice days out together in the summer. Because, as lovely as everything was last year, I did feel like I spent a lot of it feeling really last-minute, so this year I want to work on feeling somewhat more organised and prepared.

With this in mind I've deiced to write a list of just 10 things that I'm looking forward to in the year of 2017.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Motherhood: Balancing It All

Balancing everything when you're a parent is hard. Though of course, some days are easier than others and some harder and then some are just 'okay'. There's no easy way to balance it all and it doesn't matter how well you may think someone else has it all nicely balanced and their lives totally organised, the real truth will always be that balancing everything you need to balance as an adult when you're a parent is no walk in the park.

What works best for me, I find, is at least attempting some sort of structure and routine - especially for the boys. It never really works out well for us when we're all stuck at home with no plans - the boys get bored (easily) and it feels tougher when there's no set time put aside for day to day or work responsibilities.

I mean, of course it's not all routines and structures, it couldn't be even that's something we wanted. I've said before about how you can't always plan for things with young children, or you can, but you have to accept that plans change and that kids won't always want to do as you may have intended.

But even so we like to have at least some sort of idea of what we're going to achieve that day, from the little things like putting a wash on or cleaning the floor, to what activities we want to do, what we'd like to tick off of our work to-do list and what we'd like to do for ourselves.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Sibling Project - The Boys in January | 2017

A new year of the siblings project and one of my favourite posts to write, asides from the Me and Mine family portrait project of course. Because I love to see my boys together in one photograph and I love being able to look back and see how much they've grown and changed. I love being reminded of the moments they've shared and the little things they've done together as brothers. I love having these posts as a way to hopefully one day show them the very start of their relationship as brothers, from newborn to beyond.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Ordinary Moments '17: #2 - Taking the Bad With the Good

I've learnt that a big part of parenting is never knowing what sort of day you are going to have, no matter how well you try and plan for or influence it.

There are the days when everything couldn't feel anymore right if it tried - when everything seems to work and to fit. When getting to be a parent is the best feeling in the world. And then there are the days that can you leave you feeling quite a bit suffocated, there are the days where it feels like it totally makes sense to scream in to a pillow or to want to hide in the toilet behind a locked door. Where a reset button for the day would come in handier than anything else ever possibly could.

As a Mum, I naturally try my hardest to influence the first of these sorts of days. I change up my approaches to things when I feel things aren't working. I can spend entire evenings chatting with my Husband Adam about things that we think we could or should change - going over and over until we think we've cracked it. But of course we never have.

Naturally I  hope to keep the number of hard days as low as possible. Life sucks as a parent when the number of days that you feel like you're at the bottom of a really tall mountain that you HAVE to climb but you don't really know where to start, start to rise.

And for me, there's been a few of them lately.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Ordinary Moments '17: #1 - Routine, I Missed You.

It's not that I'm not thankful for time with my boys or thankful for a change in the everyday sort of routine. It's more to do with a reality where my bills aren't automatically paid and our house isn't magically cleaned and run.

The lead up to Christmas was mad, frantic and chaotic and the days over Christmas itself where we got to spend down time as a family and not worry about routine and jobs we're of course the best. Getting to just 'be' as a family is what it's about really. Those are the good days.

But those days need to be worked for and soon the dirty washing starts to pile up, the deadlines start to loom and the kids start getting a bit bored. The lack of routine soon starts to become altogether a bit less fun.

My Favourite Ways To Feel Cosy When It's Cold Outside

I always say how much of a Summer kind of person I am - I don't like the cold and I'm not the biggest fan of feeling stuck indoors either, especially when Ethan and Logan start getting bored of being inside too. Today as just a bit of fun (and because despite disliking the cold weather, I do like to feel cosy) I thought I would share five of my favourite ways to feel snug and warm indoors when the weather outside is frightful.

Things that make Logan happy at 18 months!

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There's so much we love about our children as parents, but their laughter has got to be right up there at the top I think hasn't it? There's not a lot better than listening to our little ones giggle and fill up with excitement. 

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